Did you know?
Did you know that when you are driving your car, and you see a stopped emergency vehicle with its lights on you must move over or at the very least slowdown? A lot of people don’t know this, but it is enforced more due to rising first responder injury and deaths by motorists when working. In response to these tragedies the Massachusetts Move Over Law went into effect on March 22, 2009.
Massachusetts Move Over Law
The Massachusetts Move Over Law was released specifically in response to a report from the Merit Rating Board. The board found that in 2008 there were nearly 2000 violations of the law which covers the obstruction of emergency vehicles by following too closely and failing to yield. The Massachusetts Move Over Law’s premise is that we take a second to help ensure the safety of firefighters, police, paramedics, tow truck drivers, and all maintenance workers. The Massachusetts Move Over Law requires all drivers approaching stationary maintenance or emergency vehicles with flashing lights to change lanes if possible or if not to at least slowdown. The fines for this violation is up to $100 depending on the severity of the disregard of the law.
The Massachusetts Move Over Law has been received well, and the local police and fire departments have reported lower officer injury. The state of Massachusetts has asked each citizen to make a personal pledge to move over and make Massachusetts roadways safer.
Join Us In Supporting This Law
The Law Office of Jeff Murad is a proud supporter of Massachusetts Move Over Law. We strive to encourage people to slow down and move over, and keep our emergency and maintenance workers safer. If you or a loved one has been injured while working on the side of the road or in any other way, please contact us for a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day at 617-227-4648.